penfolds, bin 707 cabernet sauvignon, south australia 2012
Sourced from Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and the Adelaide Hills, this is a wine with real purpose, confidence and bold style in a very good vintage. The nose has some creamy spice and nougat oak; there's a strong savory thread with dark herbs and dark stones too, along with almost brick mortar and very dark soy, iodine, tarry notes, and black olive. It opens up with gusto, really expressive. The palate has a seam of mocha flavor and the oak is fresh, adding a crispness to the wine from the outset. The density here is striking and very compact; it strides across the palate with purpose, length and poise. The tannins are seamlessly woven together, offering admirable ageing potential. Drink in 2024.
Focused and elegant, but needs time to bring everything together. Offers deep flavors of currant, blackberry, potpourri and spice that weave together seamlessly against a gentle grip of tannins, expanding beautifully on the long and expressive finish. Best from 2017 through 2030.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made from Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa, Wrattonbully and Adelaide Hills fruit and aged 14 months is 100% new American oak hogsheads, the deep, vibrant purple colored 2012 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon opens to lovely crème de cassis notes with some kirsch accents plus violets, cedar and menthol nuances. At the moment the oak stands out on the palate so it needs more time to integrate, but otherwise it is quite minty, has balanced acid though is very punchy and it is bursting with fruit through the very long, firm finish. Rating: 93+